Public letter from Police Chief Araiza regarding new Visitors Management System

Chief Araiza addresses new Visitors Management System
Posted on 12/03/2015
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December 04, 2015 — EPISD News

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The new safety program uses scanners developed by Raptor Technologies to determine whether a specific visitor to a school is a registered sex offender. If cleared, the program will print a badge that contains the visitor’s name, photograph and destination, as well as the date of the visit.

EPISD will accept the following official forms of identification to use on the scanner:
• Driver’s licenses
• State-issued identification cards
• Military identification cards
• Consulate-issued passports

“This is an improvement over the systems most of our schools have used for several years,” said El Paso ISD Police Chief Victor Araiza. “It will help us weed out undesirable subjects from our schools and provide our parents and partners with a better visitors badge to use as they do business with our campuses.”

Until now, visitors to most schools in EPISD were routed into the front office where personnel would ask them to sign in and they were given a generic visitors badge before they were allowed to enter the school.

EPISD schools will adhere to the new scanning-system of checking in visitors, so parents and other community members who do business with the District should expect to be asked for their official identification card.

Also, parents who have arranged for relatives to pick up their children from school outside of regular dismissal hours should inform them that a valid ID will be required to sign-out the student. The ID card will be scanned using the Raptor Technologies software.

The District on Monday will begin a pilot period under the new visitor management system. While parents and visitors will still be asked to provide an ID card, no one will be turned away if they do not have proper identification.

“In the event that a person does not have identification, said person can still be given access to the building,” Araiza said. “An administrator or designee will ask a series of questions related to their visit and determine whether access should be granted, as well as whether an escort is needed.”